new clay and glass works from sam baron

sam baron, the talented designer and art director of the avant design lab fabrica has created new ceramic work for bosa ceramiche and vista alegre, which will be shown at the maison et objet show happening now through the 27th of january 2009. and both sam and the fabrica collective have new glassware pieces they are showing there too, through secondome.


i wish i was in paris right now so i could see these things in person!

see more creative inspiration at sam’s blog and the fabrica website.

grand khan sofa by francesco binfaré

Why is it whenever I cover up my couch with some drapey tarp blanket thing it never looks like this Grand Khan piece by Francesco Binfaré for Edra? Is it because it isn’t a modular cushion style, or because it doesn’t have a luxurious unhemmed leather piece (designed with primitive Mongolian nomadic tents in mind) casually strewn over it? In white?



Maybe it’s because my couch didn’t cost $20,000. There’s always a tradeoff.

See more of the Grand Khan at Moss.

mariposa pendant light by la murrina

i think this very pretty mariposa ceiling fixture by marco piva for italy’s la murrina would add a colorful sculptural element to a neutral room. it is crafted of butterfly wing-styled murano glass discs (hence the name) and reminds me of capiz shell lamps, but it’s a bit more substantial.



this piece can be ordered in a few different sizes with black, red or white disc combinations. see it and much more from la murrina right here.

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andrea moneta photography

i am a big fan of street photography and italian artist andrea moneta has a fantastic, moody collection. this passion started as an occasional hobby but gradually became more and more important to him. andrea shoots exclusively with a leica camera. he prefers to work in black and white exclusively now, due to its expressive quality. no argument there, that’s for sure.







see many more gorgeous images on his website.

smock chair by paticia urquiola

i am convinced that patricia urquiola can do no wrong when i look at the details of her pleasing smock chair. bonus: it comes in a swivel version (personal favorite).



i love how it looks like a fabulous handbag through the armrests.

purchase it over at unica home.

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neverending bookcase by luca nichetto

italian designer luca nichetto has created some beautiful pieces for clients including salviati and carlo moretti. this undulating neverending bookcase, made of corian and inspired by the pattern a ribbon makes, was a special collaboration with andreoli, a factory specializing in its use.



i view this as more of a room divider or art piece than a bookcase; it would be really hard for me to put anything on the shelves!

see many more of luca’s designs right here.

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alessandro gottardo shout illustrations

look here at italian artist and book illustrator alessandro gottardo, aka shout. he creates wonderful washy, scratchy, fluid and slightly spooky illustrations. his name comes from the feeling of being stifled creative at an agency he was in contract with some years ago. he adopted his nom de plume shortly thereafter, and since then has built an impressive list of clients including the new york times, the guardian and penguin books.






i love the wide open spaces in these illustrations, and the minimal color palette he uses has great impact but is soothing too.

purchase these prints at thumbtack press and find out more about shout here. see more details here about purchasing alessandro’s very cool looking books, jetlag 1 and jetlag 2!

porada dedalo shelving

i love the soft square shapes of this dedalo wood shelving unit from italy’s porada design company. besides being a cool place to display your favorite pieces, this versatile shelf can be used as a room divider.



i’d love to see two of these next to each other, separating a living/dining room combination.

see this and more beautiful things on their website.

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